Ross Blacklock

Defensive Tackle

TCU

6' 4"

SCOUTING GRADE

305 lbs

Scouting Report

ATHLETICISM: 7.12
Q.A.B. / C.O.D. 7.00
Flexibility 6.80
Explosiveness 7.40
Playing Speed 7.10
Coordination 7.30

When he gets a full head of steam, he can have issues changing directions but of the snap he moves well and can be seen due to his success with stunting. He is quick and rarely finds himself out of the play due to balance issues.He has a good lower body and it shows on his tape. Does have questions with consistent flexibility but he was still 1 year removed from Achilles injury which could be a reason for some flexibility consistency. Good explosiveness from Blacklock. Strong first step and shoots hands well and is always on the attack.Good play speed. Quick and fast for a defender his size and for his position. Goes hand in hand with his high motor. Engages all his muscles and is very fluid throughout plays along with good control over body

PASS RUSH ABILITY: 7.34
Initial Quickness 7.40
Use of Hands 7.50
Leverage 7.10
Pass Rush Moves 7.30
Finish Ability 7.40

Not the quickest out of his stance but his first step is directly upfield and is strong. Followed well with his hands but doesn't play any games with getting upfield after the snap. Quick, strong hands and uses it to create seperation and disengage. Hand placement is very good overall, shoots hands forward and fights. Plays with leverage. Stays low with strong leg drive and creates leverage with low pads and quickness out of stance. Uses swim move and swipe & rip. Bull rush could use work but does a good job incorporating speed and hands into his approach. He stunts well and was asked to do it often in college. Finishes very well. When he doesn't get initial penetration, he does hold the pocket and keeps QB contain along with gaining ground. High motor shows in his ability to finish well.


COMPETES: 7.00
Toughness 6.90
Consistency/Motor 7.60
Production 6.50

Tough player for sure. As an interior defender, it's almost a given. Tasked with double teams at times and splits with success. Doesn't take plays off and can produce in the run and pass game.Great motor from Ross. Plays well throughout the play against the pass. Also showed a tendency to chase backs to the sideline. Pretty consistent penetration from the interior. It's hard to assess production as an interior defensive lineman, especially in a defense like TCUs. But he only totals 5.5 sacks and 67 tackles in his college career (2 seasons). Definitely not as good as it could be tho

AGAINST THE RUN: 6.85
Play with Leverage 6.80
Stack and Shed 6.00
Gap Shooting Ability 7.40
Run at Him 6.40
Run Away 7.40
Tackling/Hitting 7.10

Good, not great, at playing with leverage. He can start off well in plays with good pad level but after his first attempts, he can start to rise up which shows in his tendency to not hold his spot that long against the run. Adequate job at stacking and shedding blocks. He just doesn't put himself in the position to stack and shed. Gets too aggressive and doesn't hold the best angle to disengage and make a play on ball carriers. Very Good at shooting gaps and penetrating the backfield. When teams pulled guards across his face, he often split the block and disrupted the play. Just too quick.Doesn't overpower opposing lineman. Wasn't asked to be an anchor and didn't need to. Tries to be more aggressive at times which cause an issue with getting too far upfield or creating a crease/run lane. Very good when the run is away from him/are on outside runs. He outruns blocks and can get around down blocks. Can beat pulling lineman well. Can penetrate well and get upfield while running down the LOS to make a play in the backfield. Does a good job wrapping up and taking ball carriers/QBs down. Doesn't appear to have an issue with tackle form.

INTELLIGENCE: 7.10
Instincts 7.20
Learn/Retain 6.80
Teamwork 7.30

Very good instincts, shoots gaps and trusts his spatial awareness. Understands blocking schemes and anticipates well. Good when it comes with learning and retaining. Developed as the season progressed but it didn't show statistically. Stunts very well with other pass rushers and mixes his approach and timing with it.

STRENGTHS
Brown is a bull along the IDL, and has excellent quickness and burst to rock IOL back off the snap. He has tremendous strength and understands how to use leverage which allows to him to stand up and anchor against double teams. He combines his strong build with heavy hands and impressive effort to make plays from a variety of technique alignments and stack and shed those who try and block him. He is not just a lumbering DL, and plays with impressive coordination and light feet to be utilized in short areas. He worked from 3 point stance as well as being unleashed as a stand up rusher on rare occasions. Plays with good snap anticipation and is usually one of the first players off the ball. Terrific off the field personality and a team leader in the community, will make a difference in the world off the gridiron.


WEAKNESSES
Offensive lineman know the talent he has, and if they know they can't block him one on one they will cut block him. At times he will struggle with overextending himself at the POA and will allow his shoulders to get too far out over his hips or he will put his head down on contact which makes him susceptible to OL throwing him to the ground.


BIG PICTURE
Derrick Brown has been a hyped DL recruit from day one he stepped onto the Auburn campus, and he did not disappoint, playing immediately as a freshman and never coming off the field since. He has a rare skill set for an IDL that has the quickness, strength, and rare fluidity to make him a consistent game wrecker at the next level. He will come off the board quick in the 2020 NFL Draft and has the opportunity to be selected within the first 5 picks. His skill set and off the field presence reminds me of Cameron Heyward.